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Forbes' Firsters

 

Forbes’ Firsters is a series that takes a glance at the pedigrees and sales histories of select 2-year-olds who are making their debuts in maiden special weight races at Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park, or Saratoga Race Course. Many of history’s best horses have commenced their careers in New York, and Forbes’ Firsters will help fans find the stars of tomorrow as they head postward for the first time.

 

FORBES’ FIRSTERS FOR WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29

Jon Forbes

RACE 5, ALL TWO-YEAR-OLDS, 1 1/16 MILES, TURF,  3:13 P.M.

 

IRSAAL (2yo gray/roan colt, More Than Ready—Quiet Now, by Tiznow) is the first foal of his winning dam, a half-sister to Horse of the Year and Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Saint Liam. Other half-siblings to Quiet Now include Quiet Giant, winner of the Grade 2 Molly Pitcher on dirt; Congressionalhonor, victorious in the Grade 3 Bay Meadows Derby on turf; and Dance Quietly, heroine of the Busanda on dirt. Irsaal is the second most expensive of 40 yearlings by his sire to sell at auction 2011.

Owner: Shadwell Stable
Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin
Jockey: Alan Garcia
Sales history: $325,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

ORDER OF MAGNITUDE (2yo bay colt, Henrythenavigator—Jewel Princess, Key to the Mint) is out of a mare who won three Grade 1 races and eight total graded stakes on dirt, including the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Distaff. Earlier in her career, Jewel Princess won three races on turf, including the Grade 3 San Clemente and San Jose Handicap. Jewel Princess has eight other foals of racing age, and all three of her foals to race have earned black type, topped by dirt stakes winner One Nice Cat. Fine Jewel, an unraced half-sister to Order of Magnitude, produced El Caballo, who won the Grade 3 Colonel E.R. Bradley Handicap on turf. Order of Magnitude was the second most expensive of 47 yearlings by his sire to sell at auction 2011.

Owner: Bluegrass Hall LLC
Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas
Jockey: Rajiv Maragh
Sales history: $435,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

RIDE L’ULTIMO (2yo chestnut colt, Langfuhr—Regal Locket, by Regal Classic) is a half-brother to turf runners La Dolce Vita, who won the Grade 3 Suwannee River, and Bijou, who placed in a Grade 3. Three of six foals of racing age out of Regal Locket have won.

Owner: Gary L. Zwerling
Trainer: Mark Hennig
Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.

 

RACE 7, TWO-YEAR-OLD FILLIES, 1 1/16 MILES, TURF, 4:21 P.M.

 

HEDONEMEWRONGSONG (2yo bay filly, Bluegrass Cat—Bitter Lemon, by Lemon Drop Kid) is the first foal out of her dam, who was stakes placed on dirt and turf. All three of Bitter Lemon’s wins came on dirt. Hedonemewrongsong’s second dam, Snit, won the Grade 2 Cotillion Handicap on dirt and also produced turf runners Blind Date, victorious in the Grade 3 Virginia Oaks, and Sales Tax, who won three minor stakes.

Owner: William M. Backer
Trainer: Jonathan Sheppard
Jockey: Rosie Napravnik

 

MAGNIFICENT SHIRL (2yo chestnut filly, Heatseeker—Fantastic Shirl, by Fantastic Light) is the second foal out of her dam, with her lone sibling of racing age being half-brother Fantastic Song, who debuted a winner on turf at Saratoga and was second in the Grade 3 Pilgrim, also on grass. They are out of a mare who won the De La Rose, finished second in the Grade 3 Noble Damsel Handicap, and was third in the Grade 2 Jenny Wiley, all on turf. Fantastic Shirl comes from an impeccable turf family, being a half-sister to Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf upset winner Perfect Shirl, Grade 1 Woodbine Mile and Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational victor Shakespeare, and Grade 2 New York and Grade 3 Bewitch heroine Lady Shakespeare. That group is out of Lady Shirl, who won the Grade 1 Flower Bowl Handicap, Grade 2 E.P. Taylor, and Grade 3 Modesty.

Owner: Dell Ridge Farm
Trainer: Chad Brown
Jockey: John Velazquez

 

COARSEGOLD (2yo bay filly, Giant’s Causeway—Cool Spell, by Grand Slam) looks to become the first winner from three foals to race out of her dam, who was third in the Grade 3 Debutante at Churchill Downs as a juvenile and won a minor stakes at Tampa Bay Downs and was second in the Grade 3 La Troienne as a sophomore, all on dirt. Presto Change O, a full-brother to Cool Spell, placed in a Grade 3 dirt sprint.

Owner: Walter D. Burris
Trainer: Mark Hennig
Jockey: Jose Lezcano

 

RUTHIE BLUE EYES (2yo chestnut filly, Stormy Atlantic—Halo America, by Waquoit) is a half-sister to Marino Marini, who was second in the Grade 1 Phoenix on turf in Ireland as a 2-year-old before coming to the United States to earn a Grade 1 placing on dirt in the Malibu, and Quick Temper, who captured the Grade 3 Arlington Matron Handicap on dirt. Marino Marini is by Storm Cat, the sire of Stormy Atlantic. All 15 of Halo America’s wins came on dirt, including the Grade 1 Apple Blossom Handicap and three other graded scores. Five of Halo America’s six foals to race have won, two on turf. Ruthie Blue Eyes was the most expensive of seven weanlings by Stormy Atlantic to sell at auction 2010 and the third most expensive of 14 juveniles by her sire to sell in 2012.

Owner: John C. Kimmel & Eli Gindi
Trainer: John Kimmel
Jockey: Alan Garcia
Sales history: $170,000 Keeneland November weanling; $250,000 Fasig-Tipton Timonium 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 4/5 seconds, video)

 

 

FORBES’ FIRSTERS FOR MONDAY, AUGUST 27

Jon Forbes

RACE 7, TWO-YEAR-OLD FILLIES, 5 ½ FURLONGS, TURF, 4:21 P.M.

 

SPEAKING ROLE (2yo chestnut filly, Singspiel—Whatamiss, by Miswaki) is a full-sister to Miss Singhsix, who won the Grade 3 Obeah at Delaware Park, and a half to Silver Lord, who won a listed stakes and was Grade 3-placed at the Fair Grounds. Miss Singhsix and Silver Lord were winless on the turf, with Miss Singhsix winning a pair of races over the all-weather. Six of Whatamiss’ seven foals to race have won, two on turf. Whatamiss, whose lone win came in a dirt sprint, is a half-sister to three-time graded-stakes-winning sprinter Star of the Crop.

Owner: Team Valor International
Trainer: H. Graham Motion
Jockey: Ramon Dominguez

 

FORBES’ FIRSTERS FOR SUNDAY, AUGUST 26

Jon Forbes

RACE 2, TWO-YEAR-OLD FILLIES, SIX FURLONGS, DIRT, 1:32 P.M.

 

SIGN (2yo bay filly, Pulpit—Cross, by Mighty) is out of a mare who won a restricted stakes on turf via disqualification as a 2-year-old. A half-brother to Cross, Lattice, won the Grade 2 American Derby on turf. Cross has one other foal of racing age, Thwart, who won a maiden claimer in May at Evangeline Downs.

 

Owner: Adele Dilschneider & Claiborne Farm

Trainer: Albert Stall, Jr.

Jockey: Rosie Napravnik

 

APOLOGIZE (2yo chestnut filly, Lemon Drop Kid—Aurelia, by Danzig) is out of a placed half-sister to seven black-type earners, including Grade 1 Go for Wand Handicap winner Aldiza and Grade 2 Molly Pitcher victress Atelier. Apologize’s second dam, Aishah, won the Grade 2 Perfume and is a half-sister to Champion Two-Year-Old Filly Althea.

 

Owner: W.S. Farish & George Prussin

Trainer: Michael Matz

Jockey: Shaun Bridgmohan

Sales history: $210,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

MARCELLINA D’ORO (2yo bay filly, Medaglia d’Oro—Philly’s Philly, by A.P. Indy) is out of an unplaced half-sister to Grade 2 Smile Sprint Handicap and Grade 2 True North Handicap winner Woke Up Dreamin and four-time Grade/Group 3 winning turf mare Denomination. Philly’s Philly’s two other foals of racing age have won at the claiming level.

 

Owner: Stonestreet Stables LLC

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Sales history: $360,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling

 

JET AWAY (2yo dark bay, filly, Mr. Greeley—Resort, by Pleasant Colony) is a half-sister to Grade 2 Peter Pan winner and Grade 1 Wood Memorial runner-up Sightseeing. Three of Resort’s four foals to race have won. Resort, who was second in the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks and third in the Grade 1 Gazelle, is a half-sister to Grade 2 Brooklyn Handicap hero Living Vicariously and Grade 3-winning sprinter With Distinction.

 

Owner: Phipps Stable

Trainer: Claude McGaughey, III

Jockey: John Velazquez

 

FORBES’ FIRSTERS FOR SATURDAY, AUGUST 25

Jon Forbes

RACE 2, ALL TWO-YEAR-OLDS, SIX FURLONGS, DIRT, 12:05 P.M.

 

BOGART (2yo dark bay/brown colt, Lion Heart—Hepburn, by Capote) is a half-brother to Her Smile, who a year ago won the Grade 1 Prioress and was third in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint. All four named foals out of Hepburn, a two-time winner, have won. Bogart’s second dam, Favored Lady, won a minor stakes at the Meadowlands and was Grade 3-placed.

Owner: William M. Backer
Trainer: Jonathan Sheppard
Jockey: Rosie Napravnik

 

SUBSONIC (2yo bay colt, Malibu Moon—Voyage, by Rahy) is the second foal out of his unraced dam to make it to the starting gate. Three of Voyage’s siblings have earned black type, including half-sister Pine Island, winner of the Grade 1 Alabama and Grade 1 Gazelle, and Point Of Entry, victorious in this year’s Grade 1 Man o’ War and Grade 1 Sword Dancer Invitational on turf.

Owner: Phipps Stable
Trainer: Claude McGaughey, III
Jockey: Shaun Bridgomohan

 

DELHOMME (2yo bay colt, Dixie Union—Art Show, by Out of Place) is the second foal out of his dam, who won a turf stakes at the Meadowlands as a 2-year-old and placed in dirt stakes as a 3-year-old and 5-year-old. Her only other foal, Smarts, has won a pair of races at Presque Isle Downs this year. Delhomme is the most expensive of 18 juveniles by his sire to sell at auction in 2012.

Owner: Twin Creeks Racing Stables LLC
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: John Velazquez
Sales history: $230,000 Fasig-Tipton October yearling; $440,000 Fasig-Tipton Florida 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 2/5 seconds, video)

 

HOWIE’S TIZ (2yo dark bay/brown colt, Tiznow—Dirty Rush, by Wild Rush) is a full-brother to Rush Now, who won the Dover Stakes at Delaware Park as a 2-year-old. Their dam placed in a listed stakes at Hawthorne and is a half-sister to Britt’s Jules, who won four stakes and was third in the Grade 2 Super Derby; three-time stakes winner Probation Ready; and Social Probation, second in the Grade 1 King’s Bishop.

Owner: Kingfield Stables
Trainer: Bruce Levine
Jockey: Joel Rosario
Sales history: $250,000 Keeneland September yearling

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ARCHWARRIOR (2yo dark bay/brown colt, Arch—Winner’s Edge, by Seeking the Gold) is a half-brother to minor stakes winners Coya and Return to Paradise, with the latter having placed in a pair of black-type events as a juvenile. Their dam was effective on both dirt and turf, including a second in the Grade 3 Affectionately on dirt, and is a half-sister to Lucky Song, a Group 2 winner in England who was the high-weighted 3-year-old filly in Europe at 14 furlongs and longer. Archwarrior is the most expensive of six 2-year-olds by his sire to sell at auction this year.

Owner: Alto Racing, LLC
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: John Velazquez
Sales history: $75,000 Keeneland November weanling; $375,000 OBS March 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 2/5 seconds, video)

 

RACE 3, ALL TWO-YEAR-OLDS, 1 1/16 MILES, TURF, 12:37 P.M.

 

SAINT VIGEUR (2yo dark bay colt, Smart Strike—Sweet Way, by Giant’s Causeway) is the second foal and first to race out of his dam, who won a single race on dirt. Sweet Way is a daughter of Grade 1-placed turf runner Sweet Life, making her a half-sister to Champion Two-Year-Old Filly and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Sweet Catomine and Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic heroine Life Is Sweet. Sweet Catomine and Life Is Sweet are by Storm Cat, Sweet Way’s paternal grandsire.

Owner: Bill Warren
Trainer: Chad Brown
Jockey: Javier Castellano
Sales history: $50,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

O’PRADO OLE (2yo chestnut colt, English Channel—Mexican Moonlight, by El Prado) looks to become the first winner from three foals to race out of his dam, a turf runner who won a minor stakes at Louisiana Downs and was second in the Grade 3 Valley View at Keeneland. O’Prado Ole’s second dam, Nellie Custis, was a stakes winner on dirt and also produced restricted turf stakes winner Pink Pallet.

Owner: Donegal Racing
Trainer: Dale Romans
Jockey: Jose Lezcano
Sales history: $40,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

CUMBERLAND CHIEF (2yo bay colt, Quiet American—No Knocks, by A.P. Indy) is out of an unraced daughter of Never Knock, the dam of Champion Older Horse and Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup winner Pleasant Tap and Grade 1 Kentucky Derby victor Go for Gin. All three horses out to race out of No Knocks are winners. Cumberland Chief was the most expensive of 24 yearlings by his sire to sell at auction in 2011.

Owner: Bluegrass Hall LLC
Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas
Jockey: Edgar Prado
Sales history: $22,000 Keeneland November weanling; $430,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

RACE 6, TWO-YEAR-OLD FILLIES, 1 1/16 MILES, TURF

 

WAVE THEORY (2yo bay filly, Smart Strike—Glimmering, by Sadler’s Wells) is out of a winning half-sister to Oratorio, who was France’s high-weighted 2-year-old colt after winning the Group 1 Grand Criterium. Oratorio was later named high weight 3-year-old in Ireland, having won the Group 1 Irish Champion and finished second in the Irish 2000 Guineas. He also won the Group 1 Eclipse in England. Two other half-siblings to Glimmering earned black type in Europe. Glimmering has produced two starters from three foals: Windy Gap, a seven-time winner in Sweden, and Doctor Doss, who won a maiden special weight on turf at Churchill Downs in May in his lone start to date.

Owner: Martin S. Schwartz
Trainer: Chad Brown
Jockey: Jose Lezcano
Sales history: $130,000 Keeneland September yearling; $275,000 Keeneland April 2-year-old

 

FLASHY GAL (2yo dark bay/brown filly, Smart Strike—Oneofacat, by Deputy Minister), out of a stakes-placed dirt runner, is a grandson of stakes winner Beware of the Cat, the dam of Hold That Tiger, who was named Europe’s Champion Two-Year-Old after winning the Group 1 Grand Criterium and finishing third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, and Belmont Stakes winner Editor’s Note. Oneofacat has produced one winner, Magnifi Cat, from two foals to race.

Owner: Gary & Mary West
Trainer: Chad Brown
Jockey: Javier Castellano
Sales history: $250,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

FLASH FORWARD (2yo chestnut filly, Curlin—Magical Flash, by Miswaki) is out of a winning mare who has produced seven black-type earners and four stakes winners. Leading the group is Take the Ribbon, who captured the Grade 3 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile and was second in the Grade 1 Garden City. Glinda the Good placed in two stakes, including the Grade 2 Pocahontas, last year as a 2-year-old and this year has won a pair of minor stakes. Bright Magic and Hot War both won stakes for Cal-breds on dirt, with the former going on to produce Grade 3 Bashford Manor victor Exfactor. A half-sister to Magical Flash, Magical Maiden, won the Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet before going on to produce Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante heroine Miss Houdini.

Owner: MeB Racing Stables & Brooklyn Boyz Stables
Trainer: Dominick Schettino
Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.
Sales history: $180,000 Keeneland September yearling